The Merits of Women’s Colleges

Here are the notes from a CACNY Panel discussion, held at their October meeting:

Maricela Limas
Associate Director of Admissions
Scripps College – Claremont, CA

Some of the benefits of attending a women’s college mentioned by Ms. Limas included:

  • They focus on women’s education and their needs
  • Environment is more collaborative than competitive
  • Students are twice as likely to go on to medical schools and earn PhD’s

As a specific reason to attend Scripps College, she referred to the resources available to their students because of the five-college consortium they belong to that includes:

  1. Harvey Mudd College
  2. Pomona College
  3. Claremont McKenna College
  4. Pitzer College

In closing, Ms. Lima noted that at Scripps, undocumented students are considered on a case-by-case basis for financial aid and they will fly-in low income students who have been accepted at no charge.

Daniela Arreola Segrove
Admissions Counselor
Barnard College – New York City

Ms. Segrove recommends that CACNY members’ google the Women’s Colleges Coalition, which consist of 60 colleges. She also cited these additional benefits for attending a women’s college:

  • Students are more likely to be in a class with 20 students or less
  • Alumni network is very strong
  • Five times more likely for students to be involved in varsity sports

Specific information cited about Barnard College included the following:

  • Located in New York City
  • Access to classes and resources of Columbia University
  • About 20 students are admitted through HEOP each year
  • Undocumented students are considered on a case-by-case basis

Shana Clarke
Admissions Representative
Saint Benedict – Collegeville, MN

Ms. Clark briefly spoke about the increased difficulty of recruiting urban students to a women’s college in Minnesota. She encourages counselors and students to be open-minded to what colleges in these locations can offer.

All presenters felt that efforts are still needed to dispel the notions that there isno social life at women’s colleges or that these schools are for gay students.

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